GLENN HEIGHTS – City officials are recognizing Glenn Heights students and offering several contests during the next several weeks for both essay writing and art.

Now in its fifth year, the Glenn Heights annual Mayor's Essay Contest is held in recognition of Black History Month every February and the 2015 DART Student Art Contest will be recognized about one month later. The essay contest is open to all Glenn Heights residents enrolled in third through eighth grade during the 2014-2015 school year and entries must be postmarked by Jan. 30.

“The City of Glenn Heights is committed to actively promoting and recognizing diversity within our city, schools and communities,” said Glenn Heights mayor Leon Tate. “Started by mayor Victor Pereira five years ago, the Mayor’s Essay ‘What diversity means in my community,’ is a cool and fun way to get young Glenn Heights’ school students involved in a conversation that will impact their lives forever.”

Appropriate submissions for consideration include original essays, passages or poems detailing “What diversity means in my community.”

Six finalists will be selected (one from each grade level) and their submissions will be recognized during the Feb. 17 city council meeting. Each finalist will receive special recognition and a $50 gift card. To submit an entry, visit www.glennheights.com and click the link “5th Annual Mayor Essay Contest Entry Form” on the right-hand side of the website.

“This creative essay contest could have a profound and lasting impact on the minds and hearts of our youth,” Tate said.

The 2015 DART Student Art Contest could mean the winner’s art will be featured on DART buses and trains, plus $1,000 prize. The DART contest is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and entries are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 27.